Treasury Challenge Winner September – BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Guest Post By Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine. These are done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those that really enjoy making them.

The Christmas in July  team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.

The September winner for our Back To School challenge is Amy Spock  who started BeadsandThreadsbyAmy. Amy enjoys several crafting areas; starting with beading and quilting it has led to a love for creating custom patterns for businesses and individuals. I asked Amy some questions about being on Etsy.

How long have you been creating and what first started your love for beading?

I have been beading for about 12 years now. A friend of mine is a beading fanatic, and put together a kit for me for Christmas several years ago. The kit was for a beaded ornament cover, and I have been making them ever since. I also create jewelry, but I always love those so much that I keep them for myself!

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You also do embroidery. What got you started with your love for embroidery?

The embroidery side of Beads and Threads started with quilting. My small machine just wasn’t cutting it, so I started shopping around for a new machine. I got a great deal on a floor model, single needle embroidery machine. I loved it so much, that we ended up investing in a larger machine. Now, we are able to do hats, shirts, towels, bags, and just about anything else you can imagine!

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 What do you think is most important for a new business owner to know; something that you wish you had known?

I think the hardest thing for me has been pricing items. I tried formulas and seeking advice from friends who also sell their crafts. At the end of the day, I had to decide for myself what profit margin I am comfortable with while still offering my customers reasonable prices and quality items. I would encourage new sellers to really scrutinize their costs and make sure they pay themselves a decent wage for their work.

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 You do custom work also I see. What is the most rewarding thing about this for you?

We love custom orders! We have designed patterns for customers, digitized their business logos, and put together patterns for special occasions. It is so rewarding to work with our customers so closely to help them get exactly what they want.

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 If you had to choose just one type of crafting, what do you think it would be?

Actually, if I could choose one type of crafting, it would be knit and crochet. My mother tried to teach me for years, and I have never been coordinated enough to actually do it. I would love to learn how.

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What are your social media sites?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

https://www.facebook.com/BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

http://beadsandthreadsbyamy.weebly.com/

Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy and more

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Dorm Decor with Major Style: Astronomy, History, Art and Biology

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Astronomy

You’ll be seeing stars (and looking like an outer-space insider) when you hang an arty wall decal showing off a lesser-known constellation. A handmade moon phase pennant is a cool twist on school spirit, and you’ll want to study (okay, nap) next to this moon-shaped salt-rock nightlight. And for those galaxy-gazers with an appreciation for interiors, there’s a vintage mid-century chair inspired by Atomic Age design.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know do you have any items related to Astronomy and what the story behind the item is.

Ina from InaSudjana says:

What better way to hang this pastel Star dream catcher in the dorm OR anywhere in your hallway really.

With 3 stars hanging down from the hoop, it’ll just be perfect for your reading corner (of course for reading and/or napping)

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

Who isn’t in awe of the stars, moon, planets & night sky? The “space race” was such a dream for so many to be involved in! This Men’s Tie features all those fun things, including UFO’s! Watch out! One may be headed to your neck of the woods!

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states:

I remember back in my uni days going to a ‘out of space’ dress up party. These paper star confetti would have been great to use to decorate the table. So if you are having a dorm party, why not use this star confetti!!

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History

Get inspired by history’s greats: Write a treatise — or just a term paper — under a lamp modeled on those Abe Lincoln owned and prop up a pint-sized portrait of ground-breaker Eleanor Roosevelt for daily motivation. Come sundown (or later, if you insist on using electric lights), bed down under an antique quilt made from upcycled sports banners or an embroidered patchwork throw featuring the faces of all the U.S. Presidents who governed before you were born (it only goes through Reagan).

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

This is a pencil pouch/gadget bag created from a photograph we took of the remnants of the Berlin Wall that was dismantled in 1989. Artists have expressed their feelings about freedom, politics and culture on the remaining sections of the wall. It is now called the East Side Gallery and makes up the largest open-air art gallery in the world.

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Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love old books that deal with History – especially Presidents! This is a fun graphic book about Abe Lincoln. Thumb through the pages and reacquaint yourself with our 16th President!

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Art

We know, you’d rather paint your own mural on those bland beige walls, but that’s not going to fly with the RA. Instead, try a watercolor-inspired wallpaper mural that you can (carefully!) tack up and remove at year’s end. Complement it with an abstract bud vase, a vibrant visual guide to the world’s great art museums, and color-splashed bedding worthy of Jackson Pollock.

Stock Lane Studio  from StockLaneStudio says:

Here is a water fountain photograph set in Paris. It is one of my favorite spots to rest, have a coffee and people watch. Nikki De St. Phalle created the bold and bright modern art water fountain sculpture in Place Igor Stravinsky.

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Biology

A microscope-turned-lamp will shed some light on your first-semester exams, while a botany-illustration pillow is cute on the cellular level. You can even experiment with small space gardening in your free time, thanks to a repurposed-beaker terrarium set.

Amy Spock  from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

You can never have too many towels when you are off to college. Why not show off your interest in Biology and Ocean Life with a personalized, embroidered ocean theme towel set?

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Thanksgiving Day Decorating

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

When the Holidays roll around there are always a few things we begin to think of, including: family,friends,gift buying,food and of course decorating!

The CIJ team got together and told us how they would use some of their items to decorate, from the table to the little details.

Marjorie Scenna of mscenna says:

Thanksgiving is a time for family and feasting! What’s better than a glass of wine to make a toast? With many so many folks around, having charms to distinguish the glasses is a great addition to your place settings! I have fall colored wine charms to do the trick!

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Sue of HomeHolidayAssecori tells me:

Table centerpieces are daunting – you want something for the occasion but not to tall so as to obscure the person(s) across the table. The turkey centerpiece can be filled with gourds and nuts or use it as a caddy for the rolls.

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Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls says:

We love to use “Vintage” for our Thanksgiving Table! Set yours with a vintage tablecloth and centerpieces such as these! Great conversation pieces and can be used for generations to come!

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Diana of AcarrdianCards talks about:

Personalized place cards for thanksgiving tables. Can also be used to label food on a buffet.

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Cindy R of PlethoraGifts lets me know:

Here are some jute webbing table setting pieces I’ve created that would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

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Brooke Luallen of teandsugar says:

Great items to add to your beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving or autumn family gatherings. The table is a place to create memories, catch up, and enjoy time with loved ones.

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Rebecca G of PearlandPoppyShop spoke about:

Banners can be a festive touch!

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Terry Tillman of TheFabricScore states:

This could be made into a great welcoming banner for all your Thanksgiving Day guests to see as they walk in the door!

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Nautico Creations said:

This would be great on a fireplace mantle or on a side table.

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Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby discussed:

he days surrounding Thanksgiving are ones filled with nostalgia and warmth. What better way to spread that cozy feeling than with some vintage shabby goodness!

Our updated Syroco Fruit Swag, a 70’s version of the traditional Thanksgiving cornucopia, is done in a neutral creamy white. It would blend in with any decor hue. A welcoming greeting on a protected doorway, wall, or even laid flat on a mantle or buffet!

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Lia Russo of Ghirlandiamo told me:

I’m from Italy and Thanksgiving is not celebrated here.
I appreciated a lot your interesting comments about celebrating this holiday, also with your nice items too, that I faved with pleasure.

Anyway what I love in this period and in Thanksgiving is warm colors of decorations too.
Fot this reason I tried to be near you in spirit, by creating some fall wreaths, suitable to adorn your homes for your important holiday.

I hope you can feel that and enjoy my wreaths.

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Myrna Neal of ShopOfCraftsByMyrna spoke of:

Decorative Fabric Pumpkins! Use them in so many places for your Thanksgiving entertaining…They can be used with placement cards attached at no extra charge. Then let each guest take home their individual pumpkin….Use a color scheme with all the colors of the pumpkins being the same or switch the colors around to enhance your Thanksgiving feast. Everyone enjoys a little bit of home and handmade fabric pumpkins are just that…. I make large, medium or small what ever size you like. The large sizes would be wonderful to decorate the table and the area around the table. Bring in the true colors of Thanksgiving with some live pumpkins and candles. When all brought together it brings in the warm feeling of family and home. I can smell the turkey hot in the oven, the yeast rolls, the potatoes, the gravy and the pumpkin pie!

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Amy Spock of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy said:

No matter how you decorate your home for Thanksgiving, don’t forget to take a little time for yourself! Dress up, fix your hair, and take a little me time. Be sure to protect your party dress with an apron. This bleachable, color fast apron also reminds those around you to show thanks for, well, you!

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So when the holidays come around don’t forget to decorate and most importantly to Have Fun!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, food and friends!

 

You can be crafty, too!

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Around the holidays, I love giving and receiving crafted goods.  It means so much to me that my loved ones think enough of me to pour their heart and souls into creating a gift for me.  My mother used to crochet blankets and doilies, my aunt used to quilt picture albums and create Cabbage Patch doll clothes, and my grandmother used to can foods for holiday gifts.  I loved every gift and still treasure them today.

Our Christmas in July team has some wonderful kits, supplies, and patterns to offer you for your holiday crafting.  Whether a beginner or expert, you are sure to find all of your supplies for crafting the perfect, heartwarming gift.

1) Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 This is the time to start making or thinking about giving a gift of crafting supplies! We have many different kits available in our shop – our favorite being this beautiful Nativity Scene Tree Skirt Kit by Bucilla. Whether you like to craft yourself, or know others who would love to make this tree skirt, it would be a beautiful gift or made up, a gorgeous heirloom to pass down generation to generation!
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Beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt Kit. Click the pic to view the listing.

2) Barbara from AuntBsAttic says

 My youngest fell in love with outer space when he was 4 years old. His Favorite Uncle lives out in the country – free of street light interference – and most nights are spent on the back porch looking through several telescopes. When I saw this fabric, I was flooded with wonderful star gazing memories – of visits to my brother’s house, and the happy squeals of a child discovering his first hidden treasures in the night sky (and he now owns his own telescopes and is an avid star gazer!)
Out of this world fabric.  Just click the pic to be taken to the listing on Etsy!

Out of this world fabric. Just click the pic to be taken to the listing on Etsy!

3) Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says

 This little item has been used by my happy customers to make a simple and quick (and adorable) necklace — for themselves or for gifts for others. Just add a simple ball chain and you’re there! When I lived in Santa Fe, we often saw the most gorgeous blue birds — bluejays & bluebirds, primarily! And I LOVED them. So of course I was delighted to find this pendant and offer it to others. Another reason I love these is because I used to get goose eggs and spray paint them gold for Easter, and tell my daughter these were very special eggs laid by the Easter bunny, just for her. Ah, I loved those days! (And she did too…) So the gold egg in this wonderful art pendant reminds me of that too.
Make a quick necklace for that special person with this charming pendant.  Just click the pic to view the Etsy listing!

Make a quick necklace for that special person with this charming pendant. Just click the pic to view the Etsy listing!

4) Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts says

 I love scrap booking (it’s an easy offshoot) but I always feel like I’m “behind” in keeping up with the piles of photos laying around. To catch up, I’ve started dong some traditional scrap booking and some pocket scrap booking. That said, I can never leave anything just a flat, boring piece of paper so I decked out some journaling / pocket cards for my pages and decided to offer them in my shop as well! They’d be just as perfect to use on a card, tag…anything you can think of.
Lovely Holiday Scrap Book Tags to add to your holiday memories.  Simply click the pic to see the Etsy listing.

Lovely Holiday Scrap Book Tags to add to your holiday memories. Simply click the pic to see the Etsy listing.

5) Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says

I love to sew, and have way too many patterns! I actually ended up with a duplicate of this one. If you like decorating your home for the holidays, these patterns will sure let you do that. They’d also make great gifts!
Home decor, easy sew patterns would make great holiday gifts!  Click the pic to view the listing!

Home decor, easy sew patterns would make great holiday gifts! Click the pic to view the listing!

6) Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says

 I’m not sure if this counts as a supply, since it’s also a kit. But here goes anyways.

This is a bookbinding kit I put together as a result of requests for workshops outside of my city. While I love to teach in person, it’s just not always possible, so I created a simple, step by step kit for eager bookbinder enthusiasts. This kit is a beginners kit, easy peasy, low stress and simple. It comes with all the tools and materials needed, so it makes a great gift or the perfect thing to bring on a cottage vacation!

Stunning book binding kit would make a lovely, personalized gift for any one in your family.  Click the pic to see more details!

Stunning book binding kit would make a lovely, personalized gift for any one in your family. Click the pic to see more details!

7) Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says

 Along with my hand made knit and crochet items I carry supplies as well, from my own hand spun yarn to excess factory yarns I no longer need. This particular hand spun is made from a natural colored sheeps wool and is three ply. I spun this at a re enactment event, and this item is great for recreating items for other re-enactors or any other typical use for yarn.
Stunning yarn for crochet or knitting a heartfelt gift!  Click the pic for more information about this lovely yarn.

Stunning yarn for crochet or knitting a heartfelt gift! Click the pic for more information about this lovely yarn.

8) Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 My shop is mainly all about digital craft supplies – DIY printable papers for scrap booking, card making, decoupage, any craft project needing background papers. This Christmas themed paper pack is one of my favorites. It is useful for making Christmas cards and tags and scrap booking and more.
Scrapbooking, anyone?  Downloadable paper is a perfect way to display those family pictures!  Just click on the pic to view the Etsy listing!

Scrapbooking, anyone? Downloadable paper is a perfect way to display those family pictures! Just click on the pic to view the Etsy listing!

9) msmadmax from madmaxshop says

 All the supplies in my shop have been found in an old sewing basket…they are at least 60-70 years old. If you are looking for that special vintage item… want to enhance your restoration project…accent an accessory…create earrings or give a vintage sweater an authentic look…check out the supplies section in my shop.
These vintage buttons could be used for so many things-jewelry, embellishment, or clothing.  Click the pic to see these 60 year old beauties!

These vintage buttons could be used for so many things-jewelry, embellishment, or clothing. Click the pic to see these 60 year old beauties!

With Christmas and the Holiday Season just 4 months away, visit any of these shops to help you find the perfect supply to make the perfect gift.  Handmade says “I Love You”.

Christmas in July – Craft Supplies

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July is an Etsy community event that is a blast to participate in! The official dates this year are July 10th – July 20th.

The Christmas In July team has so many shops that sell a myriad of items, including craft supplies.

I wanted to find out more about these shops and why they sell what they do.

NatashaJ of byTheCrochetBug let me know:

I made these motifs inspired by Irish crochet which is a very old and somewhat lost art. My love for gardening led to to make these delicate floral motifs. These motifs can be used to decorate cushions, dresses, hats, headbands etc. or would make cute brooch or hair clips.

One need not know crochet to use these motifs they can simply be sewn on or glued.

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Amy Spock of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I finally broke down and purchased a lovely sewing room from a dear lady who, unfortunately, can no longer sew. Since I am a quilter and not really a seamstress, I am hoping that these patterns go to a home with someone who can masterfully create lovely family heirlooms for their children, grand children, and even to sell on Etsy. I thought this Vintage (1986) Simplicity bear pattern was adorable and timeless.

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Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

I have this card making kit in my shop. Remember the old times when handmade cards were not so rare! A handmade card always has a special personal touch and sentiment. And yes I am one of those people who still give handmade cards and loves to collect them.

With this easy and quick kit you can make three different cards with more then 30 different pre-cut ready to stick pieces to choose from, just let your imagination run wild.

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Gloria of LittleFlowerbyGloria discusses:

I think that other jewelry makers can use them to make bracelets, necklaces. I like the idea to share my crochet love with others who cannot crochet. I have to keep my hands always busy so I hope that they can work also for other crafters.

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allisoneastmanbeads of allisoneastmanbeads says:

I actually make all of my findings that are available in my shop.

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Sue and Misty of shabbyshopgirls lets me know:

We bought these kits for those who LOVE to craft. Some of the most beautiful Christmas items we’ve seen, whether it be at craft shows, antique malls or at someone’s house, have been made from these kits where there are all sorts of parts and pieces, sequins, felt, etc. and embellished with personal touches! Absolutely beautiful works of art all in themselves!!

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Kristen Sargent of KestrelCollection says:

This may sound silly but I love folding paper. There is something soothing in making the edges crisp and the points line up. The magic of taking a flat 2 dimensional object and releasing the animal it has inside.

This Japanese Origami Paper Kit is a great way to get started. Instructions are included for making each of the 20 things pictured. The writing on the package is also a very nice real world example for practice reading if you’re studying the language.

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These CIJ shops have shown us some wonderful craft supplies. Check out their shops for their sales!